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The Inheritance

Written by: Howard Linskey
Narrated by: Kirsty Dillon
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Publisher's Summary

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You will inherit everything. The house. The money.

There's just one condition.

You have to catch a killer first....

When Sarah's Aunt Evelyn passes away, she discovers a hidden fortune has been left to her, including a foreboding mansion in a small Northumberland town.

But it comes with one condition.

For most of her life, Evelyn had been haunted by the loss of a friend who went missing in Cragsmoor—the very house Evelyn has left to Sarah.

Now, Evelyn's final wish is for Sarah to return to Cragsmoor and uncover the truth.

If she does, she will inherit everything.

But someone wishes for the secrets of Cragsmoor to remain hidden.

Someone who may have killed once before....

©2022 Howard Linskey (P)2022 Penguin Audio

Critic Reviews

"Dark, creeping and compelling, with the claustrophobic sense of a killer waiting around every corner." (T.M. Logan)

"This story will cause nightmares, it is that good." (Daily Mail)

"Dark, clever and engrossing." (C. L. Taylor)

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  • Sunny skies
  • 12-12-22

Nice read!

Great suspense story that sets the hook with each chapter!
If you enjoy mystery suspense, this is for you!

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  • Susan
  • 05-12-22

Boring

I could not finish this book. it was just too slow moving and uninteresting. The narrator wasn’t up to usual level. I plan to return it if I can figure out the process.

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  • HailtoTheVictors
  • 08-10-22

Boring boring boring.

I listen to on average one audible book a week. I’m getting really tired of getting sucked in by books with good reviews only to be bored out of my mind. Even if I find a book boring I try to give it at least five or six chapters to try to get into it. I should’ve known there were issues with this book when the word five was misspelled in the chapter listings. Perhaps if you like hearing about the interiors of old house being described ad nauseam this might be a good book. I found it awful and I wish I could get my credit back.

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  • MichaelM
  • 06-10-22

Very good

Quite enjoyable. As a fan of Sherlock, 007, many others, and an Anglophile, I really liked it. I also am a fan of another series of books, recently… never mind. I will just say that the denouement was familiar, but still satisfying.

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  • Bitten and Seven Are The Best Kitties In Heaven
  • 04-10-22

Finally!!! THE PERFECT MYSTERY

Well developed characters, a truly spooky and atmospheric setting+excellent first person narration+an unsolvable mystery=just buy this one!
I could not put it down from the moment it started.
It took a second for this story to develop, because it does so as the intrigue of these characters add depth and dimension to the story.
But this is a truly phenomenal book with some of the best narration I’ve ever heard.
Kirsty Dillon knocks it out of the park at each and every turn.
Worth every sleepless night…
I was so sad that it was over!!!
Easiest five stars I’ve ever given.
Thank you Howard Linskey,
You’ve written an incredible book and I will be waiting with baited breath for your next offering.
This is a book you’ll listen to more than once, it’s incredible.

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  • 19-10-22

Gentle murder mystery with lots of twists n turns

I really enjoyed "The Inheritance" by Howard Linskey as it was a really skilfully written and well plotted. old school murder mystery - I would not exactly call it thrilling or demanding but it did have a really creepy atmosphere and plenty of bumps in the night.

I enjoyed the way we had to follow clues from a recently departed aunt's memoirs and the flashbacks of a fabulous friendship and introduction to a wealthy aristocratic family complete with manor house.

I was not that keen on the anti-aristocrat/wealthy family vibe which was fairly constant throughout and smacked of a giant chip on the shoulder. Examples such as the police being told not to push questioning posh people I found laughable - especially less than 40 years ago. Personally I have not had many dealings with the landed gentry, but I like to judge people individually, not write them all off based on background - so I found this a bit churlish and annoying.

Other than these sweeping generalisations, I really did enjoy the mystery of it and all the sleuthing and of course the general premise of being set the task of solving a disappearance from long ago.

I did not really care for the dead fox but apart from that it was all very mild mannered though with adult themes and of course you needed to suspend disbelief to enjoy the story as it was all rather unlikely though without any glaring plot holes.

There was something a bit Famous Five/Nancy Drew about it, although the heroine was all grown up and a young struggling writer. To sum up, it was a grand adventure, easy listening but kept me hooked until the end and I may even try another Howard Linskey title in the near future.


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  • Shellie
  • 25-11-22

gripping story

A fantastic story with plenty of intriguing twists. I really enjoyed it. Great narration made it even easier to enjoy.

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  • I. Mckenzie
  • 03-11-22

Brilliant read

It’s got it all, mystery, suspense, big old house, murder investigation, and secret passageways. I really enjoyed this one